Panasonic introduces the premium compact-style Lumix DMC-GX1, its fourth current compact system camera in the range that packs the same number of pixels as its larger siblings

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review

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£499.99
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Viewfinder, LCD and Video

As a compact-style model, the Lumix DMC-GX1 does not feature any kind of viewfinder. Instead, the LVF2 electronic viewfinder is available to buy separately (£239). Once this cost is added to the ‘X’ lens, the price of the kit virtually matches the Sony NEX-7, which features the company’s innovative 2.359-million-dot EVF.

Having used the LVF2 viewfinder, it is not of the same standard as that in the NEX-7, but it is nevertheless an improvement on Panasonic’s first-generation unit. Panasonic’s LVF2 is compatible only with the GX1, and the older LVF1 viewfinder will not work with the camera. I like the smaller body of the GX1 and the option to add a viewfinder when I need it. After all, a compact system needs a compact body.

Much of the operation of the camera revolves around its 3in, 460,000-dot touchscreen. Handily, virtually all the controls can be achieved via buttons on the body, too. The screen has a relatively low resolution by today’s standards, but its output is bright and natural, with a wide and clear viewing angle. Its accurate representation of images in playback is very helpful to ensure that an accurate exposure has been achieved.

The touchscreen in the Lumix G models is the most successful attempt at incorporating this technology in a camera. It is responsive and particularly helpful by offering touch AF and metering.
There are several ways to control the camera through the touchscreen. In creative control mode, for example, a touch slider can be used for aperture control. In short, the touchscreen enhances the handling and speed of use.

Video users will appreciate full 1080/60i videos at 30fps, with stereo sound. I captured several videos with the 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, which features optical image stabilisation, and was very happy with the results. Full-resolution videos are available in AVCHD and the popular MPEG-4 format, providing compatibility with a wide range of devices.

The 15.8-million-pixel sensor is capable of capturing a high level of detail

 

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White Balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. The Competition
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